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Review of Klondike National Historic Site

Klondike National Historic Site
Ranked #8 of 31 things to do in Dawson City
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Owner description: The Klondike National Historic Sites of Canada commemorate the 1896 Klondike Gold Rush, the role of large corporation gold mining in the Klondike and river transportation in the Yukon. Dawson City, conveniently located at the junction of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers, quickly became the heart of the gold fields during this time.
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

Thinking we should get to know Dawson a bit better, we joined the Parks Canada guided walk. I had no idea that so many of these historic Dawson buildings had been fully restored within. With an excellent commentary by our walking guide and authentic interpretation within each gem of a property, this tour is essential for anyone visiting Dawson City.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Ian W
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Denali Park, AK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous historic tours, buildings, information”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Visited June 2012. Our family of 4 purchased multiple-site passes -- very worthwhile. This certainly should be your first stop in Dawson City -- to learn what is here, plan your visit, and gain historical insight. Parks Canada rocks.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Elizabeth H
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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Dawson City: 5 Great attractions!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

Your first order of business should be to go to the visitor centre! LOTS of info there! Here's what my 13 year old son and I did that were in relation to the Government-run National Historical Sites in Dawson City:

- Guided Town Walking Tour: Strange Things Done
- Greatest Klondiker Contest: Palace Grand Theatre
- Dredge #4
- Discovery Claim (Bonanza Creek)
- Harrington’s Store “Dawson As They Saw It”

We give all of the above a 5 star rating!!!!! Any staff or actors involved were simply fantastic! Well knowledgable, very informative and entertaining! Here's a brief description of the above:

Guided Town Walking Tour: Strange Things Done:
We had an RCMP officer (actor) taking us on a walking tour of the town. We stopped and sometimes entered normally closed buildings. He gave lots of information, stories and anecdotes of the history of the people and buildings we were seeing.

Greatest Klondiker Contest: Palace Grand Theatre
I already reviewed this under its own title, so this will be brief. AWESOME actors! Lots of fun and very entertaining, while learning about a few characters in Dawson City's past in 1898.

Dredge #4
I didn't think we'd be interested in this, but we decided to go anyway. I'm glad we did! There was a guide there without whom, you couldn't enter the dredge. Very interesting and informative. It just blows you away what people did for the finding of gold!

Discovery Claim (Bonanza Creek)
A great trail with informative signs along the way. Very easy trail to walk on. We were disappointed the audio wasn't working on any of the signs, but we still enjoyed it. This is were the first gold was found back in 1896. Really neat.

Harrington’s Store “Dawson As They Saw It”
This was really neat. All sorts of stories, photos and history on the gold rush. Definitely a must-do.

Visited August 2013
8 Thank M E
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Northborough, Massachusetts
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500 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
“Great tours of the town, and Historic Sites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

There are lots of interesting historic sites in town, we especially enjoyed the walking tours, and the tours and talks at the opera house.

Visited July 2013
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Edmonton, Canada
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“An eye-opener at Dredge #4”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Very good tour guide led us through a relic that speaks volumes about Yukon history and the audacity of the entrepreneurs who mined gold here at the peak of the age of heavy mechanical industry. Seeing how Dredge #4 worked was worth the visit itself. To think about the overall scale of the daily and year operation, and then to add the difficulties that had to be overcome bringing the equipment here, putting it together and running it — that was mind boggling. It also changes utterly one's view of the Yukon gold rush. Between the dredge tour and the installations on the self-guided trail at the Bonanza Creek discovery site, it became clear that the days of panning and of operating small sluice boxes passed quickly in favour of brute mechanical power. The dredge area also looks in many ways like a precursor of the enormous effort to take bitumen out of the Alberta oilsands, with a similar effect on the local environment. The oilsands aren't an anomaly apparently, more like a step in a long Canadian tradition of doing what must be done to extract resources.

Visited July 2013
5 Thank Mark L
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